Visit one of the oldest of the 72 Lycean settlements, built in the unspoilt Turkish countryside.Here you can climb the ruins and enjoy breathtaking views from the summit. We also visit the the Rock tombs, Agora, Roman baths and theater with superb photo opportunities. At the Yakapark Trout farm a lunch with traditional Turkish Mezes will be served in the beautiful water gardens here you can tickle the trout at the bar,there is freezing cold pond near the bar and if you sit it in for 10mins you will get a free drink.The next stop will be the dramatic Hidden Gorge of Europe. This gorge has been formed throughout the centuries by melting snow. Here, you are able to wade through the the zero degree waters of the canyon or relax on the terraces of the river,you will need swimming trunks and Jelly Shoes depending on the height of the river. This part of the Ylos Yakapark trip.
A day trip booked with Hamish McTurk travel agent. We travelled through un-spoilt countryside passed local villages where the women were picking cotton and the men were tending fields of olives, pomegranates, aubergines and vegetables etc.
Our first stop was to climb the ancient Lycian ruins at Tlos to see the rock tombs. From the top of the summit you can see the valley below and the ruins of a Roman theatre. We visited the theatre and the Roman baths as well.
We travelled on and stopped for lunch at Yakapark Trout Farm where we dined, on fresh grilled fish of course, outside in the water gardens shaded by cinar trees.
The bar has a small water canal with fish swimming through it. So while you lean on the bar you can tickle trout at the same time!
Our next stop was the Saklikent Gorge, one of the longest gorges in Europe and was formed by centuries of melting snow.
We braved the freezing water to walk through the canyon being helped by , and helping, other fellow walkers to negotiate over some of the slippery rocks. The naturally carved sides of the canyon were like pieces of art work.
The last stop was the usual carpet weaving centre where women were hand weaving carpets. I still find these stops interesting as you learn about the traditions of the patterns etc. We were shown many different types of carpets for sale.
A great day out with a funny and friendly guide Hamish McTurk (senior) for 10 pounds.
The Monastery is close to Kayaköy on the way to Gemiler Bay by 45 min.up Hill Walking...it is very high on the Coast line people can it see from a Boat Trip or the Scuba divers.... A region for advanced divers.The max.depth is 50 metres.It is the best diving region in Fethiye.It reflects the wonderful colours of the underwater ...
Eventually after all that walking you really work up an appetite! There are loads of great restaurants on platforms over the river. Service was quite slow but the food was reasonable. You can also stay overnight in the treehouses outside the entrance where the rafting takes place.
The first part of the gorge is easy on wooden platforms, then after the restaurants (no facilities after this point!) you have to wade through ICE COLD water up to you hips with a strong underwater current and slippery stones. Don't stand too close to other people or you may find yourself being dragged into the water with them if they slip! After you get through this it gets easier and you will slowly get the feeling back in your legs! If you walk for around 40 minutes (don't forget you have to go back the way you came) you get some huge rocks to climb over and the locals will help. Eventually you get to a waterfall at which point I turned around. A word of warning though - this was the only place I got hassled by men in Turkey when I suddenly found myself alone.
Maybe I didn't try the rafting but walking the gorge was amazing and ice cold. Rent some of the plastic walking shoes from the stalls outside the gorge and beware the water comes up to your hips at some points! Don't drop your camera in the river like I did! (so I don't have many photos which is a shame as there were some great views.) There is a small entry charge.
I didn't try this out but apparently its lots of fun. You can hire the ring rafts, paddles and helmets and an instructor takes you onto the river. Otherwise relax in one of the cafes alongside the river and watch the action from somewhere dry!
(Pictures will follow). If you never get to own a carpet at least you can walk barefoot around the showrooms over some really expensive ones and feel the silk beneath your feet! All those sensations and copious amounts of free tea! I love Turkey!
Ok, so I don't like all the tourist hype about carpets but its interesting to see how they are made, what dyes are used and the silkworm display was informative. Worth a stop over if only to drink lots of free caj! Was part of my trip out on the way to the Gorge.
I had my first experience of an off-road motorbike on a very stormy day. We drove over to Calis beach and then torrential rain and hail hit and we were stranded in the local restaurant for several hours with no electricity. When the storm died down the views were beautiful. Its also a great place to pick up designer and fake designer labels in the many textile shops in the small town.